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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Trip along the Alimentary Canal
Description: Students will prepare a digital presentation on the digestive organs, accessory structures, processes, digestive chemicals, and nutrients. This is a part of the unit on digestion and metabolism, and is performed at the beginning of the unit with additional content afterwards, especially on metabolism, nutrition, and digestive disorders. It involves use of technology to research, create, and display a presentation. It may be done individually or in small groups.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Trip along the Alimentary Canal
Description: Students will prepare a digital presentation on the digestive organs, accessory structures, processes, digestive chemicals, and nutrients. This is a part of the unit on digestion and metabolism, and is performed at the beginning of the unit with additional content afterwards, especially on metabolism, nutrition, and digestive disorders. It involves use of technology to research, create, and display a presentation. It may be done individually or in small groups.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Let's Go Hunting!
Description: Students will work in groups of 3 or 4 scouring the campus for items of various shapes, sizes and angles. The items that students will be looking for are outlined on the rubric. Students will use technology to create a creative digital presentation representing all of their captured scenes. Students will work in class to create this presentation and then be prepared to present it on the assigned viewing date.


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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Who Will You Back? (The First American Political Parties)
Description: Students will produce an illustrated documentary on one of the first two American political parties.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Challenges and New Inventions of the Great Plains Farmer.
Description: Students will work in groups of four to create presentations using their research on a particular farming invention that was created from (1837-1867) and also research specific elements about life on the Great Plains. Each group's presentation will be merged into a final class presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Story Writing: Cultural Myths
Description: You are a folklorist observing the lives and cultures of different people. You want to tell the world about  their culture, beliefs, and values. You and a group of other folklorist are going to research the lives of a an ethnic group, and create a digital story about their lives, and present it to all the folklorist at the "Who are They?" convention.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: And Then There Were None: Casting the Characters
Description: Students will work in pairs to cast their own movie version of the novel.  Students must have a knowledge of the characters and setting from the novel.  Casting of the characters must correlate with the character traits mentioned in the book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Searching for and Citing Digital Sources for Research Paper using MLA Style
Description: Students will locate, retrieve, store, and correctly cite digital information for research projects.    


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Holocaust Research Project
Description: Students will create a slide presentation in cooperative learning groups proving that the Holocaust did indeed occur.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Shakespeare/Romeo & Juliet Wiki
Description: Students will self-select a teacher-supplied topic and work collaboratively with group members from their class, as well as group members from other classes (or schools) to create a wiki demonstrating their knowledge of Shakespeare, his times, social customs, writing, language, historical significance, and Romeo & Juliet. Students will research, write, edit, and correctly cite their information. Each group will communicate through e-mail, forums, instant messaging and other forms of electronic communication in their collaborative effort. Upon completion, each group will present their work to their classmates and the wiki will be available for viewing by parties outside the classroom.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Who Wants to Know the Periodic Table?
Description: The purpose of the project is to help the students gain an in depth knowledge of the Periodic Table of Elements. The periodic table is the very backbone of chemistry. In order for the students to be successful in chemistry, they must be able to understand, apply, interpret and evaluate the Periodic Table of Elements. In order to successfully meet this goal, students must do more than merely write a paper or read the textbook. The project will require research, critical thinking, application of knowledge, evaluation of facts and data, creativity, and the use of technology.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Novel Study - Independent Reading
Description: Students will choose a novel from a teacher-created reading list. After reading their choice novel, students will prepare a 1-1/2 to 2 minute multimedia presentation to "sell" other students on the novel. In addition, students will prepare a poster advertising their novel for display and a written summary of the novel that identifies various literary elements of the novel.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Painting in the Style of a Famous Artist
Description: This lesson will introduce students to several prominent painters in art history. Students will research selected artists in groups and create PowerPoint presentations. After the groups present the information on the artists to the class, each student will then individually select one artist's style and technique to emulate in their own painting.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Cell Phones: Immoral, Illegal, or Just Plain Rude?
Description: Cell phones, love them or hate them, most everyone (especially students) think they can't live without one. Lines for usage are blurred for students who have no memory of never having a portable phone to use. This lesson is designed for upper middle and high students to examine ethical, moral and health issues involving cell phone use.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Shakespeare's England
Description: As a preface to Romeo and Juliet, mixed-ability student groups (chosen by teacher) will complete a technology-based lesson on Shakespeare's England. Students will research topics on Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan England. Upon completion of their research, groups will compile, prepare, and present their information to classmates in a PowerPoint presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 11), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Locating With The LCC
Description: The parts of the LCC call numbers are taught in this lesson using colored index cards to represent the four parts. Students will be able to recognize what each part of the call number stands for.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Comparing Dewey and the Library of Congress: In What "Class" Are Your "Classes"?
Description: High school students will learn the distinction between the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) and the Library of Congress Classification (LCC). After a PowerPoint presentation of the LCC, the students will compare and contrast the two systems and assign call numbers to various subjects, including their class schedule and a group of books.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Explore the Transformations of Linear and Absolute Value Functions Using Graphing Utilities.
Description: This inquiry lessons allows students to explore the rigid and nonrigid transformations of linear and absolute value functions using a graphing utility. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation..


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Gymnosperms, Cone Bearing Vascular Plants
Description: Students will research printed encyclopedias, Internet resources (thinkfinity.org) and their science textbook to gather information to answer questions and draw an assigned portion of the Life Cycle of the Gymnosperms. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Body Symmetry of Animals
Description: Students will watch a slideshow about the body symmetry of animals. Included is a short quiz of animals and images. The students will determine the symmetry of each animal. Students then design their own animals. They should design one with each type of symmetry.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Mathematics (5 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Just the facts! Exploring Order of Operations and Properties of Real Numbers
Description: Students use their imagination while learning the importance of 'Order of Operations' and 'Properties of Real Numbers'. This lesson incorporates class discussions, wiki and/or online discussion threads (free at www.wikispace.com and/or quicktopic.com), art and puzzles.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Bear Factory Proability
Description: Students will explore theoretical and experimental probability of an event.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Polygons All Around Us! (This lesson is geared to a standard high school geometry class.)
Description: This is a hands-on lesson that introduces students to polygons and their properties. It also promotes visual learning by having students identify how polygons are used in the world around us. Students will be given the opportunity to see the importance of geometry in the construction of almost everything in our world. Students will be able to state properties of different geometric figures. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Angiosperms - Plants With Flowers
Description: By using a hands-on activity,the students will learn about the Life Cycle of the Angiosperms. Students will learn about the female and male parts of a flower. This would be a great activity to follow a unit on reproduction in flowering plants. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Herb or Not to Herb
Description: This unit allows students to research some common herbal supplements to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the herb. Students will compare the herbal supplements to pharmaceutical medicines to judge which is the better choice. Students will make a PowerPoint presentation to advertise herbal supplements and their common uses. The students will make an informative web site that allows others access to their discoveries. The students will learn the process of scientific problem-solving using the appropriate tools and technology. Students will critique the advertisement of herbal drugs and the impact they are having on society. They will present their findings to the class with a brochure or newsletter.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Rock Steady
Description: Students use the knowledge of the rock cycle to write a story about a pet rock. The story must include the rock changing from magma, to each type of rock igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The story should end with the pet rock being identified and in the hands of the student.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Mathematics (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Color this Polynomial Simplified
Description: This lesson helps students of all levels visualize the process of polynomial simplification and replicate it with ease. Three alternate forms of assessment are given to accomodate any school's level of technology (Podcasting. Powerpoints or Poster Presentations). This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Organism PowerPoints/ Booklets
Description: This lesson requires students to use technology to research information on any organism from one of the six kingdoms. Students use the information to produce a PowerPoint presentation or booklet to present to their classmates. This project covers several biology and zoology objectives and is intended to be a review of the material previously covered.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Biomes
Description: In this lesson, students research 12 terrestrial and aquatic biomes. A blank biomes chart and website address is provided for the research. For each biome, students should find types of plants, types of animals, and climate. In addition to completing the biomes chart, students are assigned 20 questions pertaining to the biomes. They should find the answers while browsing the website. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Who am I? Find A Polynomial From Its Roots
Description: Students analyze the roots and end behavior of a polynomials and write the equation of a polynomial under given conditions. Students apply theorems concerning the multiplicity of roots, conjugates of irrational or complex imaginary roots to find a polynomial under given conditions. Students will factor polynomials to find the complex roots. Students graph polynomials and determine the local extrema. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Building a Ramp for Handicap Accessibility - Part I
Description: In this lesson, students will apply the trigonometry involved in finding angles of elevation to a real-life problem. Groups of 4-5 students will determine a suitable angle of elevation for handicap entrance ramps, calculate dimensions for a ramp reaching a specified height, and determine the construction cost for this ramp. Presentation of results will be in the form of a webpage. The teacher will evaluate the project using a rubric, and students will evaluate one others cooperative skill using rubrics.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Fasching
Description: A 5-8 day project that divides students into groups and allows a greater number of students to benefit from two computers in my classroom.


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Subject: Mathematics (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Water Tank - Part II "Selling the Tank"
Description: Working in groups of 4-5 students will take the information,pictures and 3-D model of the water tank they assembled in Part I of Creating a Water Tank and develop a web page and a video presentation. The web page will be a tool to advertise their water tank construction company and must include hyperlinks and digital pictures. The video presentation will be a "sales pitch" to a city council. The web page and video will be scored using a rubric. The web page and video must include the surface area, volume and cost of construction.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 12)
Title: Ramp for Handicap Accessibility - Part 2
Description: Working in groups of 4-5 students will use the information, pictures, diagrams, and narratives created in Part 1 to develop a brochure. The brochure will consist of guidelines for handicap accessible ramps, sample calculations and contact information. It must be suitable for distribution at city hall.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Living in a "Submicro" World
Description: This is a technology-based lesson plan designed for high school Chemistry students as an introduction to the study of the fundamental nature and structure of the atom. Students will create a publication using Desktop Publishing software to support the content of this unit.


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Subject: Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The 1960s: A Time of Contrast, Change, and Controversy
Description: This lesson explores the 1960s and the contrasts, changes, and controversies that occurred during the period. The teacher will present an overview of the cultural and social aspects of the period. Students will choose a person, event, or area involved in the decade. Each student will research his/her topic and present the research in a brochure, flyer, newsletter, or powerpoint presentation using the appropriate technology.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Louisiana Purchase: An Offer We Couldn't Refuse
Description: This lesson explores the circumstances surrounding the United States' acquisition of the Louisiana Territory. To research these topics students will integrate a variety of print and technology resources. Students will apply the results of the research to produce a multimedia presentation supplemented by a brochure created through the application of desktop publishing software.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Put Your Best Foot Forward: Creating Resumes and Cover Letters
Description: Using examples, discussion, and online research, students learn what elements need to be part of an effective resume and cover letter. Students then create their own resumes using templates and write a standard cover letter.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Running of the Bulls and Bullfighting in Pamplona, Spain
Description: Students research the history and the traditions surrounding the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and bullfighting and its significance to the Spanish culture. Students submit a typed report on their findings and in pairs present those findings to the class.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Abstract Art, Portaiture, and Computer Technology
Description: Students will utilize books and the Internet to research abstract art and a particular artist. Research will be compiled into a slideshow presentation. Secondly, focus will be put on portraits and an image of the student will be enhanced using computer software. Abstraction is required.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Teaching the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales
Description: In this self-directed study involving research, composition, and presentation, students analyze Chaucer's characters of The Canterbury Tales as presented in the Prologue. Each student casts a modern personality in the role of one of the characters and writes an essay defending the choice.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing the Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Description: Students examine ways in which life events of a poet influence the poetry written. After researching Emily Dickinson's biography, students analyze her poetry and present a collage depicting one poem. The lesson can be easily adapted to the study of many other poets.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Pen Pal Mania!
Description: In this lesson, students will use the target language to correspond with a native speaker. This is an excellent activity for students in second semester of second year or higher.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Vamos a Viajar
Description: Students will learn about Spanish-speaking countries around the world. They will create brochures or newsletters to illustrate their research.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Exploring the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: In preparation for independent research projects, students in small groups practice proper citation and familiarize themselves with Alabama Virtual Library databases using a graphic organizer.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or English Language Arts (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: American Historical Fiction Journal
Description: In this American literature (1900-2000) creative research paper project, each student creates an original work of American historical fiction using his/her knowledge of the research process. Students identify and address the ways culture, technology, and social customs are reflected in American literature from 1900 to the present.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Roaring Twenties
Description: This activity involves comparing turn of the century music with the music from the Jazz Age. Students will listen to musical selections and analyze how the change in the music reflects the change in cultural attitudes. They will also work in groups to create their own radio shows.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Depression or Oppression: "The Yellow Wallpaper" by C.P. Gilman
Description: In this lesson students research women's issues in the early 20th century and the attitude toward and treatment of mental illnesses then and now. The research complements the reading of "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Research provides the basis for a persuasive essay.


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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Monumental Idea
Description: This is a small-group project utilizing web research, cooperation, creativity and hands-on production in order to fully understand the impact of social reformers of the 19th century. Students will be responsible for building a monument in tribute to a social reformer. Monuments will be displayed in the library. A one-page typed summary will be turned in with the monument which explains the reformer's relevance and accomplishments, as well as why the group chose that person to memorialize. There must be an inscription identifying the monument.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Oral Presentations on French Impressionism
Description: Students research and present an artist from the period of French Impressionism. Presentations include a biography and examples of the artist's work. After the presentations, students produce sidewalk chalk paintings.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Things Are Not Always What They Seem
Description: In this lesson, students will make a chromatogram of different types of ink. Paper chromatography will be used to detect the different dyes used in the ink. This lesson can be used for both Physical Science and Chemistry classes.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Reisefieber - A German Radio Mini-Play
Description: This is an online German Radio program for students studying German. It would work best for German 3 or 4 students. It is also recommended this be read over a semester's time period.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Bridging Cultural Gaps
Description: In a semester-long project, foreign language students begin a penpal correspondence exchange with a student from another country. Through this exchange, students gain a greater insight into the culture and language of another country, improve their communication skills in the target language, and compare their lives to those of students their own ages in another country by discussing common topics.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: African Internet Safari
Description: During this lesson, students read and listen to poems about African animals and try to guess which animal is being described. Students will use the information they already know to identify the animals. Students will have the opportunity to write a mystery poem about an animal. They will get to share their poems and have the class guess the animal.


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Subject: Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Civil Rights Movement
Description: This is a lesson to help students learn important historical information about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 60's. It is designed to introduce students to common beliefs of the time as well as important individuals in the movement. It will also help students to make judgments about how society today is different because of the Civil Rights Movement. The lesson will also utilize technology to bring the lesson alive for the students.


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Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: How Hate Changes Society
Description: Government classes usually focus on the workings of the United States Government alone. In this unit of study, students will compare the United States government with that of pre-Nazi Germany. This unit will demonstrate to students how misguided public policy can become when dissent and debate are silenced.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Teaching with The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Description: Students in a high school parenting class use Dr. Seuss's The Lorax to teach age-appropriate environmental tips to first graders. This lesson would be a great asset to the Read Across America celebration.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or English Language Arts (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Dead Poets Society: Socratic Seminar Discussion
Description: As a springboard to an eleventh grade poetry unit, students view the movie Dead Poets Society and participate in a Socratic seminar of the themes, symbols, and life questions raised by the film. Student groups research and present one of the poems used in the film.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Understanding and Using Boolean Operators
Description: After an introduction to the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT, parenthesis and NEAR, students practice searches using a worksheet.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: All About Me Presentation
Description: After class lessons in computer technology, students design, create, and give a multimedia presentation about themselves. Presentations incorporate digital photograph(s), scanned pictures, and original artwork created in a drawing program.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: German Food and Eating Customs
Description: Working in small groups, students plan and serve a typical German supper, using the studied vocabulary to express their needs and opinions. Presentations of cultural customs, cultural differences, and menus make efficient use of limited computer access. (The lesson is easily adapted to other culture studies.)


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), or English Language Arts (10 - 11), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Learn the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) System: Research Depends on It!
Description: The students will develop an understanding of the organization of main and primary subclasses of the Library of Congress Classification System. The students will demonstrate knowledge and independence in using the LCC through online tutorials and by visiting a college library (optional).


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Kill a Mockingbird: Building Knowledge
Description: As a conclusion to a class study of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, students create models and pictures based on the novel's descriptions to illustrate the effect of setting on plot and character.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Introduction to Biology: Organisms
Description: This lesson introduces basic biology principles and the characteristics of living organisms.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Integumentary System
Description: This lesson centers around a slideshow presentation that introduces students to an overview of human histology and provides images of each tissue type. Students are directed to a website to continue their integumentary study.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (11 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Interpreting Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Description: After a study of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, students working in small groups conduct research and create a slideshow presentation that emphasizes key aspects of the play and/or new ideas generated by the play.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (3 - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Spanish Travel Brochures
Description: Students will incorporate information from Internet research in creating original travel brochures for Spanish speaking countries using word processing or publishing software. Students could alternatively create wikis or podcasts.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Illustrating Imagery in Poetry
Description: Students will select a favorite poem from a class poetry unit, from Poem Finder, included in the Alabama Virtual Library, or from other online sources or poetry collections in the school library, and create a collage or digitally-produced illustration of the poem's imagery.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Preparing to Write the Research Paper: An Information Location Mini-lesson
Description: This lesson introduces students to research materials in the library and electronic materials available through the Alabama Virtual Library(AVL). The instruction emphasizes "how-to-use" multi-volume encyclopedias, multi-volume reference sets, books, and various electronic databases. Instruction includes where to locate bibliographic information within these various materials for a research paper and how to cite bibliographic information.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Library of Congress Classification System
Description: Students will be introduced to the Library of Congress Classification System by viewing two online tutorials. The students will make flash cards in order to study the main classes of the Library of Congress Classification System. The students will practice sequencing call numbers in the order in which they are arranged on the shelf. Students will refer to the call number to locate a specific book in a university library.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: New Town Health Club
Description: Over the course of the year, the students in Human Anatomy and Physiology will design a health club. As part of this year-long project, the students will develop a brochure or print advertisement for the health club. This project will give real-world experience to the student in the use of various forms of technology as well as a connection between actual situations and class content.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: What’s in the Can?
Description: This lesson is designed to teach students to read labels and to become more aware of the nutritional values found in different kinds of foods. According to the FDA guidelines, Americans should limit the amount of sodium, sugar, and saturated fat, and increase the amount of fiber in their diets. Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate different foods and become more aware of what foods contain carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals as well as which ones are high in salt, sugar and fiber.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Exploring the Accomplishments of African American Scientists
Description: This lesson is designed to allow students to explore the accomplishments of African American scientists through print and non-print media, as well as personal interviews. Students will work in pairs or small groups to create a slideshow presentation illustrating the topic.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Beaver Mountain Bike Tours Presentation
Description: Students will create, design and give a multimedia presentation about Beaver Mountain Bike Tours to pursuade travel agents to use their service. Presentations will include digital photography, Excel graphs, Word tables, and organizational graphs in PowerPoint. This is a business simulation that students will complete after finishing all major sections in the Microsoft Office Suite and is a culmulation of all of the skills learned previously. The total business simulation was created by Carl Lyman.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Classifying Plants Using Technology
Description: This lesson teaches students to use taxonomic groupings to classify plants found on the school grounds. Students will be photographing, analyzing, and comparing species.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: One-Page Academic Reports (MLA Style)
Description: Students will use word processing software to format a one-page academic report. This report style (MLA) can be used in any subject. The lesson may be extended to include multiple pages, citations, and a works cited page.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Independent Research Project
Description: Students will use the Internet to gather key facts using a variety of online resources.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: National Park Road Trip
Description: This lesson allows students to use computer skills they have learned to do a research project on national parks. The students will research a park, plan a trip to a park, keep a "journal" of the trip, document their sources using MLA style, and then make a presentation to the class.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Ballistic Statistics!
Description: Students will collect examples of various statistical instruments and form an electronic scrapbook. These materials will be gathered from electronic sources in addition to periodicals and other print resources.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Web-Based Personality Survey Activity
Description: This is an activity for psychology classes. Students take a short version of the Myer-Briggs Personality Survey and then analyze their results. It is important to teach the students about personality and personality tests before using this activity.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: The Spanish Speaking World
Description: Students will research a Spanish-speaking Latin American country and make travel plans to the chosen country based on facts gathered through their research.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Expressionism: What’s the deal with these strange colors?
Description: The students will gain a good understanding of the history of Expressionism painting and its use of color and paint application to establish an “emotional feel”. They will use this knowledge to create their own expressionistic oil painting.


ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: How would you feel?
Digital Tool: Cyberbullying
Digital Tool Description: This game instructs students on the best way to handle or respond to cyberbullying.


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Title: How would you feel?
Digital Tool: Cyberbullying
Digital Tool Description: This video has teenagers explaining what cyberbullying means.  It also tries to explain why people cyberbully and it has students telling about times when they had been cyberbullyed.


ALEX Podcasts


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Facebook and Teens
Overview:
Facebook and Teens is a podcast that informs you on how you as a teenager should watch what you say and do on Facebook.


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"What Hath God Wrought": A Brief History of Recorded Sound
Overview:
This podcast can be used by either technology teachers or Civics teachers.  Technology teachers can use it to teach the use and possibilities of the new technologies.  The civics teacher can use it to open up discussion on laws and regulations involving those same technologies; as well as the history of recorded music up to today.  The podcast uses hip, cutting edge references to the internet and its associated uses, so kids will "get" it, but it also contains information that parents can use to help them understand their child's use of the internet.


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How to handle being bullied on Facebook
Overview:
Bullying on Facebook is real! What is the proper way to respond to an inappropriate post on Facebook? This podcast teaches you how to respond when you or someone else has been targeted by a Facebook bully. You will learn how to properly report the inappropriate content and also how to message a trusted friend to help handle the situation.


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Stop the Bullying Now!
Overview:
An upbeat podcast created by 7th grade science students that describes physical and cyber bullying and offers some advice on how to stop bullying.


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Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database Part 2
Overview:
The podcast is designed to provide instruction on utilizing the Student Research Center Database. Viewers will learn how to filter search results and save viewed articles into a folder. This podcast should be viewed after watching Part 1 Navigating the Alabama Research Center Student Research Center Database.


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Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database
Overview:
This podcast is designed to help famaliarize users with the Student Research Center Database. This podcast mainly focuses on perfoming a basic search and editing user preferences.


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Facebook for Parents
Overview:
The purpose of this podcast is to demonstrate the various security settings available in Facebook, provide suggestions for parents, and point out both potential dangers and possible benefits of using any social network.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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The copyright site
http://thecopyrights...
This site is dedicated to helping educators everywhere in the United States understand the issue of copyright.

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Risky Online Relationships
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. This lesson is designed to help students understand why the term “online predator” is misleading and how to identify more realistic forms of inappropriate contact. Students then discuss a story about a teen’s risky online relationship and draw conclusions about how to stay safe online.

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Taking Perspectives on Cyberbullying
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students begin by watching a video clip from the TV show Friday Night Lights, in which a teen girl creates a hate website about another girl. Students take the perspective of different characters and brainstorm alternative decisions each character could have made. Finally, students discuss what actions they can take when they encounter online cruelty in their own lives.

Podcasts


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Keeping Kids Safe Online
http://www.commonsen...
This 3:21 long video provides rules for keeping safe online. A print-out of the rules would be a great take-home assignment to be signed by a parent.

Assessments


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Am I a Plagiarist?
http://www.plagtrack...
Students can use Plagtracker to check their paper for plagiarism for free before turning the paper in for grading. It is a tool for self assessment.

Informational Materials


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The copyright site
http://thecopyrights...
This site is dedicated to helping educators everywhere in the United States understand the issue of copyright.

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Social Safety
http://www.socialsaf...
Social Safety is an effort to educate US teens on the dangers of social networking.

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Stop Cyberbulling
http://www.stopcyber...
A website with a variety of resources on cyberbullying for teachers, students and parents.

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NetSmartz
http://www.netsmartz...
Educational resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Discusses various Internet safety topics.

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Creative Commmons Search
http://search.creati...
Find content that you can share, use, and remix. "Our mission: Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation." "If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified. If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day."

Interactives/Games


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EasyBib: Free Bibliography and Citation Generator
http://easybib.com/...
The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator Save time by creating a Works Cited page instantly in MLA, APA, or Chicago!

Learning Activities


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EasyBib: Free Bibliography and Citation Generator
http://easybib.com/...
The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator Save time by creating a Works Cited page instantly in MLA, APA, or Chicago!

Teacher Tools


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Creative Commmons Search
http://search.creati...
Find content that you can share, use, and remix. "Our mission: Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation." "If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified. If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day."

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EasyBib: Free Bibliography and Citation Generator
http://easybib.com/...
The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator Save time by creating a Works Cited page instantly in MLA, APA, or Chicago!

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